HARRISBURG — Speaking to reporters late Tuesday night, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar addressed a release from the state’s Republican party calling for her resignation over changes to election guidances issued by the Department of State.
“I have no intent to resign,” Boockvar said. “I disagree with everything they say in their release.”
“Frankly, I think you’re the ones that should resign,” Boockvar said of the Republicans calling for her dismissal. She added that they should resign for not allowing Pennsylvania to pre-canvas early “as 46 other states across the country had done.”
Boockvar said the department received a letter from Lancaster County officials, Tuesday, alleging similar claims.
“They completely misread the guidance,” Boockvar said.
She accused the Republicans of not wanting to count the ballots.
“They don’t like anything that allows more eligible voters to be enfranchised,” Boockvar said.
Boockvar clarified that the first guidance was issued when the petition was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court back in October.
She said the first guidance told officials not to act until a second guidance was issued by the department.
“We didn’t know if the court was going to take action,” Boockvar said.
Ultimately, the department issued a second guidance following the Supreme Court’s decision not to weigh in on the matter.